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Spotlight: Conflicts in Bristol casino land deal?

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON —Milwaukee-based Michael Best & Friedrich LLP has a long history of serving as attorney for the Village of Bristol. The powerhouse law firm also represents the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which has its eye on about 60 acres of prime development land owned by the small Kenosha County community for a casino.

It’s a an overlapping relationship that may feel a little too cozy for ethical comfort.

But Bristol Village Administrator Randy Kerkman insists there’s no conflict of interest here.

Kerkman tells Wisconsin Spotlight that Josh Gimbel, of Milwaukee-based Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP, was brought in to represent the village in the fast-tracked land deal that could bring Bristol millions of dollars — and a Hard Rock Casino and hotel as a next-door neighbor.

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